5 THINGS TO DO AFTER YOU EXERCISE
REPLENISH YOUR SKIN
Exercise is tough on the body but can be even more demanding on your skin, working out for 45 minutes can cause your skin to lose almost a litre in water, stripping it of all its moisture. Even if you then gulp down a litre of water your skin is not your body’s number one hydration priority and so more work is needed. Right after a workout your skin is more susceptible to environmental stress & pollutants that can lead to premature ageing. It’s therefore super important to not only re hydrate by sipping water but to also moisturise. Adding this simple routine after exercise will effectively seal & lock in hydration to the skin, keep you looking younger & fresher.
GET SOME PROTEIN
Working out can really boost your appetite making you crave naughty treats & snack but it’s important to remember your body needs protein, not chocolate or cake. Whether you get your hit from a shake or you feed those muscles with lean meats and a bit of brown rice just make sure you get it within an hour or two of exercise. You’ll feel more satisfied than filling up on carbs & it’ll ensure the exercise sculpts your body & uses up fat most efficiently.
MAKE SOME NOTES
If you don’t make notes about your workout sessions then you’ll struggle to make real progress & gauge how well it’s going. Working out causes your body to release endorphins which make you feel good, these “good feelings” tend to last longer than the memory of what actually made you feel good. You don’t need any fancy equipment or tracking apps, simple notes in your phone or diary is fine, just scribble them down. Jot down what you did & for how long, what weights and also how you felt afterwards plus any other important info.
We not saying you need to completely ignore every single sweet treat entirely. You’ve been working out hard & so you do deserve a little bit of something you love. Maybe not an entire greasy takeaway or bag of chips but a little treat can go a long way to making you feel good, it’s called balance and it’s damn important.
SLEEP FOR 8 HOURS
Your body repairs itself & burns calories while you are sleeping. A study published in the archives of internal medicine found that overweight people get 9 hours per month less sleep than their regular weight counter parts. A study conducted at the University of Wisconsin found that participants who got more sleep had lower levels of the hormone ghrelin & higher levels of leptin which helped them better control their appetites throughout the day. Eating well & sleeping well can help cut your risk of heart disease, improve your memory, reduce stress levels & ultimately make you live for longer.